About the academy

The academy

Some 80 students graduate every year from the nine bachelor’s programmes and the master’s programme at the Netherlands Film Academy. The Academy has over 60 people in their permanent staff and about 200 guest lecturers. Since 1999, the Film Academy has been housed in a building on Markenplein that meets all the standards of modern film education.

The Netherlands Film Academy was founded in 1958. Dr. J.M.L. Peters (1920-2008) was there for its inception. More history.

The Netherlands Film Academy is part of the Amsterdam University of the Arts (AHK).


The Netherlands Film Academy trains students to become prominent national and international creators of media productions for various platforms. The starting point is telling stories in the cinematographic tradition in which creativity, urgency and innovation are the recurring themes. The Film Academy gives students the knowledge and skills they need to master their chosen profession. They make an essential contribution to film culture through ongoing research into the relationship between image and sound and promote a critical and reflective attitude in film-makers.


The Film Academy is a leading international media programme, unique in the Netherlands. The programme and its graduates define the face of Dutch film and media culture and make distinctive international contributions to cinematographic innovations. The Film Academy trains visionary professionals to use their creativity and expertise to provide added value on projects that they design in various contexts with other professionals. Through research and reflection, the Film Academy also acts as a think tank and information resource for the sector.